The Future of Religious Minorities in the Middle East

A panel of experts shared their views on the current status of religious minorities in Middle East, especially in light of developments after the “Arab Spring,” and provided strategies and recommendations for how these minorities can be protected. 

The Reinvention of Brazil's Largest City


The relocation of industries since the 1970s away from areas that ring the center of São Paulo, Brazil’s largest city has created a major challenge for authorities and urban planners: to reinvent the metropolis in ways that make it more livable for its citizens and valuable to community as a whole. To answer this challenge, the São Paulo State government has developed Casa Paulista, an ambitious project of urban renewal being advanced in cooperation with the local government.

The State of the Border Report

As the debate over immigration reform has brought the management of the U.S.-Mexico border back into the spotlight, this report provides a comprehensive look at the state of affairs in the management of the U.S.-Mexico border and the border region, focusing on four core areas: trade and competitiveness, security, sustainability, and quality of life. The report suggests that rather than consider each issue individually, the interdependent nature of topics like trade and security demand the border be approached from a more holistic perspective.

Communism on Tomorrow Street: Mass Housing and Everyday Life after Stalin

Kennan Institute U.S. Alumni Series

This book examines how, beginning under Khrushchev in 1953, a generation of Soviet citizens moved from the overcrowded communal dwellings of the Stalin era to modern single-family apartments, later dubbed khrushchevka. Arguing that moving to a separate apartment allowed ordinary urban dwellers to experience Khrushchev’s thaw, Steven E. Harris fundamentally shifts interpretation of the thaw, conventionally understood as an elite phenomenon.

Rediscovering the Umma

Ina Merdjanova, former Southeast Europe policy scholar, releases her latest monograph Rediscovering the Umma (Oxford University Press, 2013).

A Wary Welcome: Varying Reception of Migrants in Russian Cities

Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Kennan Institute and Comparative Urban Studies Eurasian Migration Paper #7, 2013. PDF 42 pages.


East European Studies Short-term Research Scholarships

The Wilson Center's European Studies Program is now accepting applications for the EES Short-term Grant competition, which is open to academic experts and practitioners, including advanced graduate students, engaged in specialized research requiring access to Washington, DC and its research institutions. Grants are for one month and include residence at the Wilson Center. Candidates must be U.S. citizens, in order to be considered eligible for this grant opportunity. The deadline for this grant cycle is: June 1, 2013.

The Devouring Dragon

On this episode of Dialogue at the Wilson Center we turn our attention to China’s rise, specifically, the environmental implications of its rapid growth.

Wilson Forum - Human Trafficking and a Regional Look at the Post-Soviet World

On this episode of Wilson Forum William Pomeranz, Acting Director of the Kennan Institute, discusses political and economic trends in post-Soviet countries.  Lauren McCarthy, research scholar with the Kennan Institute, discusses continuing problems with human trafficking and slave labor in the Russian Federation.  The event was attended by students from The Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program.

Wilson Forum - U.S. Ambassadors to Mexico: The Relationship Through Their Eyes

On Wilson Forum  three former U.S. ambassadors to Mexico sit down with author and journalist Dolia Estévez to discuss her latest book, U.S. Ambassadors to Mexico: The Relationship Through Their Eyes.  The book offers a first-hand account of how U.S. ambassadors see their own role in this vital relationship. Panelists include John D.